Power Box

Introduction: Power Box

Tired of charging cables for all your gadgets sprawling from your sockets? Then make a cool, neat power box to tidy them away.

Step 1: Materials


- Sticky tape
- 4 gang extension cable
- Shoebox
- Blu tak
- Pocket knife
- Cable ties
- USB converter thing (if you have an ipod for example)

Step 2: Power

Cut the hole for the power cable first - don't rip open the box - unfold, cut then refold to be neat.

Step 3: Tack It Down

Tack the power hub down - be generous with the blu tack.

Step 4: Fill 'er Up

plug everything in, running cables out the power supply hole, round the back of the box - or pierce a small exit hole for small ended chargers

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    6 years ago

    No ventilation and in a cardboard box? Danger my friend...


    9 years ago on Introduction

    If you are in the US and you are using any Apple charging cable that is larger than the small cubes that come with the iPhones DO NOT put them in paper container like this and plug an iPad into them. I have a lot of electronics and most of them would do just fine in this environment. However, my Apple 10W square USB power plug gets exceptionally hot when I am using the iPad and have it plugged in at the same time. Like the others I see a potential fire hazard. However, with that being said there are some other really nice ways using a box with a little more airflow to accomplish this. Small wooden berry boxes, the kind that have the slats with spaces between them, would work very well and could be painted to make them more visually appealing than the shoe box.

    not safe man, some power supplies/cords can get hot, if they get hot enough you'll have a flaming box with the wires on the inside. Wires need airflow for them to be safe


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Sorry, But, this looks like a really good Fire Hazard to me. I highly recommend against doing this.


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    I have been using this for two years now and have never experienced any type of heating issues - this set-up stays cool, free of electrical hiss, is fully fused and surge protected. Also as long as you avoid using multiplier bricks and use a decent quality 4 gang extension lead this is a very safe and clutter busting trick.